I know I mentioned this in Monday's post, but I am really excited about the benefit concert Saturday at Northern Lights. 
It kicks off at 3pm and runs until 9pm, but you can stop by and/or leave whenever you (or your kids) feel like it.  As a reminder, the $10 admission (free for kids under 10) goes directly to the local charity To Love a Child.  

Come see Garland Nelson and Soul Session; Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, Vivid and Cryin’ Out Loud.   There will be a bounce house, food, a bake sale, raffles and face painting for the kids. 

Northern Lights is located on Route 146 in Clifton Park. 
For more information, call 396-9082.  

Thanks to my soon-to-be mama friend Eva for sending this to me.  If you haven’t supported any Haiti-relief efforts yet, here’s another opportunity.  I’m sure you either have a child or at least know a child that could rock one of these super cute t’s from Positively Organic
50% of all sales will be donated to CARE’s Haiti relief efforts.  Both organic, the long sleeve onesie and varsity tee’s cost $22 or two for $40.  The onesie comes in sizes 0-3 up to 18-24.  The varsity tee is also available in other colors and goes up to 4T.

On Thursday the 28th, head to the Saratoga Library’s Book Bag Shop for their annual 10 cent paperback sale.  You can’t afford not to buy a book!  Hours are 10am – 4pm. 

Also while you’re there: 
9:30-9:50am: Toddler Story Time, for children ages 24-42 months with a parent or caregiver.
10:15-10:45: Preschool Story Time, for children ages 42 months to 5 years.

For more information, call: 584-7860

The Malta Community Center just put out their Spring 2010 activities brochure.  If you live in Malta you’ll get one in the mail, but in case you don’t, download the PDF here 

I’m bummed that my complaining fell on deaf ears about the Tot Open Gym.  It used to be a drop-in open gym time for ages 18months - 3years on Monday morning from 9:30-11am for $3, no registration required.  Now they have shortened the time to 45 minutes, 9:00-9:45am, and you have to purchase a block of 4 consecutive weeks for $12.  I don’t know about you, but to get the kids out the door for just 45 minutes (that’s if you make it there at 9!), and to have to commit for 4 weeks and prepay is NOT a good idea.  

On the bright side, they have added a Family Open Gym time on Saturday morning from 9am-10am which is FREE starting in March!  I’ll remind you again about those free open gym times when we get closer to March.      

I wanted to give you ample notice about an event on Saturday that I think you will love.  I’ve mentioned them before, but local charity To Love a Child out of Clifton Park is teaming up with Northern Lights (concert venue in Clifton Park) to host a Haiti benefit concert on Saturday, January 30th. 

The event will take place at Northern Lights, Route 146 Clifton Park and runs from 3pm-9pm.  Tickets are just $10 and all proceeds benefit To Love a Child.  Oh, and children under 10 are free! 

As if that weren’t enough, here are the awesome bands that are going to be performing:  Garland Nelson and Soul Session; Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers, Vivid and Cryin’ Out Loud.   There will be a bounce house, food, a bake sale, raffles and face painting for the kids. 

Buy your tickets at the box office anytime this week, or just show up on Saturday!  For more information, call 396-9082. 

Get out your snowsuits, sleds, and snowshoe's and take a drive over to the Saratoga National historical Park (AKA Saratoga Battlefield) tomorrow and hit up the Frost Faire '10!  There will be snow tubing on "The Big Hill", horse and carriage rides, a warming tent, nature hike, bonfires and Revolutionary War soldier demonstrations!  Where else can you get all of that excitement? 
Where: Saratoga National Historical Park
for detailed directions, click here
When: Saturday, January 23, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Phone: 664-9821

Last Sunday after a short-lived sledding excursion, I took Robby to Coffee Planet in Ballston Spa.  What a great stop it was!  Coffee for me and a steamer, which is simply steamed milk with a flavor syrup for Robby.  Service with a smile and a great atmosphere made our morning.  When Robby accidentally spilled what was left of his steamer, they kindly made him another!  I just love that type of gesture; totally unnecessary, but definitely appreciated.  

You can check their website for events, but this Sunday they have a live acoustic duo Almost Awake from 11am-1pm.  Coffee Planet is right on the corner of Milton Ave and Malta Ave in downtown Ballston Spa across from a Laundromat.  It’s a cool spot for java and you can feel good to be supporting a great independent coffee shop in our community. 

This Saturday, January 23rd, meet people from 17 preschools in the Saratoga/Ballston Spa area and learn about their programs, all in one place!  The Preschool Fair is free to attend and runs from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on 49 Henry Street.  The event is not listed on the library's website, but if you need more information, you can call 518-587-2224.    

The Ballston Spa Library is another nice play to go with the kids.  While certainly not as state-of-the-art as the Saratoga or Clifton Park libraries, the BSpa library is still a good option to consider if you're looking to get out of the house. 

No registration is needed for story times and the schedule is as follow: 
Wednesday at 1 pm Ages 3-5 yrs.
Thursday from 10:00-10:45 Ages 3-5 yrs
Friday from 10:00-10:45 Ages 18 mo.-3 yrs
Wednesday at 10:00 Ballston Babies ages 6-18 months old

The devastation in Haiti is beyond words.  I’m not going to re-hash any of the recent coverage or go in depth, but I do want to pass some important donation information along.  For those that may not know, my husband Jude was in Haiti with a local mission team during the earthquake.  The mission trip was a cooperative effort with St John’s Episcopal Church in Troy, RPI, and the local Clifton Park charity group To Love A Child.  He and the team arrived home on Saturday night and we are overjoyed to have them back home safe.   

If you haven’t donated to any Haiti relief efforts, I strongly encourage you to do so.  You may feel that your $10 or $20 donation won’t do much, but that is far from true; especially when you are dealing with a smaller organization like To Love A Child.  TLAC is doing some great work around the world and every penny that is donated goes to helping those in need.   If you can find it in your heart to give back, this is a great channel to consider.